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    98 XL 1200 doesn't wanna start

    I have a 1998 Yamaha Waverunner XL 1200. Ill pull the choke and prime it 3 or 4 times and it doesn't wanna start I've gotta try about 10 times. Once it gets started though and you're out riding and you shut it off it'll start up no problem it's just that 1st initial start. Any suggestions?

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    powerstroke specialist mikegp's Avatar
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    Mar 2011
    time to rebuild the carbs.

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    what mike said.............................................. .....

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    I was told changing the spark plugs may help?

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    Nov 2009
    My 98 XL1200 is very cold-blooded.
    Install a primer kit.
    If you don't want to do that remove two plugs, use a dropper or straw and put a few drops of fuel in each cylinder, put your plugs back and fire it up. Never had to do that more than twice.

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    Texas City, Texas
    I believe that you have the 65U engine (non PV 1200). They are notorious for being hard to start , especially after sitting in a garage for a few days. The stock choke plates have a hole in them a little bit smaller than a dime. Because of this hole, the "choke" was very ineffective.

    The fix in the past has been the addition of a primer kit.

    Funny, I never had a problem with starting my 97 1200, but many people did.

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